Without a doubt, Nepal is a potpourri of culture and diversity. It boasts Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world, mixed with unique wildlife and exotic culture. Discover yourself amidst this strange world of mystical beliefs and incredible history. Every aspect of life is influenced by spiritual influences. From morning prayers to the universal deities, walking Sadhus on village trails, to Buddhists spinning prayer wheels, your experience will be diverse and unique.
The art and craft of Nepal are based on the religious themes taken from Buddhism and Hinduism. Nepalese art has been influenced and promoted since the earliest recorded times by the Newars. In Nepal, ethnical cultural groups are diverse with many unique languages and customs.
The country’s capital and largest city, Kathmandu, juxtaposes its history with the wear and tear of increasing modernity. The tightly packed historical centre continues to preserve a world distinctly different from shantytowns, expensive hotels, restaurants and shops on the city’s outskirts.
Kathmandu’s core is Durbar Square. The Bagmati River forms the southern boundary, whilst Thamel, the popular tourist hangout, sprawls to the north. This would have to be one of the most exciting cities in the world today.
Our adventure begins when we arrive at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan airport and transfer to the domestic airport for a spectacular 30-minute flight to Pokhara. Pokhara is a beautiful town set on the banks of the Phewa Lake. It is smaller and much less hectic than Kathmandu and is the perfect starting point for our trip. Upon arrival we will be free to relax in the hotel after our long journey. You will explore this easy-going town and take in the many shops and bazaars. The following morning, a tour will be arranged for us to visit the Tibetan Refugee Camp and Devi Falls.
Royal Chitwan National Park
Royal Chitwan National Park where you will see yet another side of Nepal. The days here are spent on trips into the jungle on an elephant’s back, swimming, jungle walks, and bird watching and if the river is up, even a canoe trip on the Rapti River to look at crocodiles.
Situated in the Rapti Valley, Chitwan National Park is approximately 80 miles southwest of Kathmandu by road. Terai, the region the park is located in, is a flat and highly cultivated plain that constitutes the entire southern quarter of the country. Extremely hot in the Summer while mild and cool in winter, this region produces most of the country’s food. Early this century, the Terai was a rarely visited jungle expanse with very few inhabitant. The only visitors were members of the Nepalese upper class on hunting trips.
Today, there are only about a thousand one-horned rhinos left in the world, and over 300 of these are in the Chitwan National Park. Fewer than 2000 tigers remain in the sub continent, with more than 40 living in Chitwan. There are many other animals such as the fish eating gharial crocodiles, buffaloes, sloth bear, hog deer and wild peacocks.
Departure: Mar - Dec 2019
Cost: AUS $1,200 twin share
Departure: March 2019 - Jan 2020
Cost: from AUS $2,550 twin share
Departure: October 2019 – May 2020
Cost: $1850 per person twin share based on 4 persons